Hygiene done right can clean away sick leave, impress visitors and boost your employees. Especially in the new era of open desk policies and activity-based office landscapes. But what office areas have the biggest impact on your visitors’ image and the wellbeing of your staff? This tool gives you an instant overview of the key hygiene areas at a clean modern office. It also features a customised selection of products for each area, together with dispenser placement recommendations and tips and tricks for smarter cleaning.
What details will have the biggest impact to reduce sick leave at work? How do you handle high traffic areas that are crucial to make the right impression on your visitors? Don’t worry. Help is here. These tips and tricks get you ready for smarter hygiene and cleaning at the office.
Meetings will always play a decisive role at the office. Make sure to make the most out of your meetings.
Conference rooms reflect the image of your company – this is where you bring your visitors. And conference rooms need to facilitate a broad spectrum of events. From keynote presentations and business-critical meetings to informal discussions, lunches and coffee breaks. This makes hygiene solutions an essential part of modern conference rooms.
Conference rooms are often busy places with lots of people throughout the day. Help them to reduce the spread of germs by placing a hand sanitiser
• Remember to clean shared high-touch surfaces such as armrests and keyboards.
• Have a designated space for placing food and refreshments as close to the door as possible as this will make things easier for service staff.
• Place bins so it becomes natural to use them on the way out of the conference room. Have many refill bags for the bins available, and make sure to check and change bin liners quite often to ensure a fresh environment throughout the day.
• Put up an image showcasing the conference room as you prefer it to look – as inspiration for cleaners and employees to support maintaining that impression.
The office as we know it is changing. New office landscapes create new requirements on hygiene.
The office landscape is changing from cubicles to activity-based areas and open desk policies. A study conducted in 2013 show that around 35% of office workers share either desk and/or equipment with both known and unknown people. Out of these, more than 60% claim concern with the hygiene situation at work.* This puts new requirements on hygiene. For example, employees are required to take more personal responsibility, such as using sanitisers or cleaning the workspace. Do your employees have access to what they need to do so?
*Source: SCA - Buzzback Office Hygiene Research conducted 2013 in Germany, France, UK and USA.
In offices with open landscapes, where people sit close together, a hand sanitiser can improve the employee’s hygiene and well-being. A flexible stand is the ideal solution to place the sanitiser where it matters most: in high-traffic areas, where they provide the best support.
• In a hot-desk office, be sure to clean shared high-touch equipment such as keyboards and phones.
• Clean hands make clean equipment – provide your employees with clean, well-stocked hand washing facilities and with sanitisers if appropriate.
• In line of sight means in line of thinking – make sure to place hygiene equipment easily visible and accessible where there’s a natural flow of traffic.
Washrooms are more than the left over space. They’re an unbeatable opportunity to make a clean impression.
Consider washrooms as more than the left over space of an office building. They are a valuable part of the facility and contribute to the total experience of your company. If kept neat and clean, visitors are more likely to think the rest of your business is taken good care of as well. And as modern offices are becoming more connected – including our hygiene solutions – washroom cleaning is about to transform from static cleaning schedules to cleaning when and where it’s needed. Never again will your visitors run out or towels, paper or soap.
Small high-traffic areas with big impact on employees’ wellbeing.
In the age of modern open office landscapes, breakrooms and kitchenettes are also becoming working areas, where employees not just eat and socialise but bring their computers and have ad hoc meetings too. These small areas have high traffic and needs to be both comfortable and easy to keep clean. In contrast, quite often it is unclear who’s actually responsible for keeping them clean; cleaners or employees?
High traffic can also be an opportunity to improve hygiene. Placing hygiene stands with hand sanitiser here is a great way to support visitors and employees passing by to keep their hands clean on the go.
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